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Legal Developments

Issues that affect ministers and churches
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A Church Could Be Liable for Negligent Hiring and Supervision Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Anonymous Online Posting May Not Safeguard Individuals from Defamation Claims, Disclosure of Identity Member access only

Defamation

Author's Identity of Anonymous Letter Not Protected by Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications

Child Abuse - Part 3 Member access only

Child Abuse; Freedom of Religion

Church Leader Caught in Embezzlement Scheme Goes to Prison Member access only

Fraud

Church Not Liable for Injuries Sustained by Teen at Youth Event Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church Property Member access only

Church Property; Contracts

Church Property - Part 3 Member access only

Charitable Contributions; Church Property

Church Protected by “Qualified Privilege” from Defamation Claims by Minister Member access only

Defamation; Sexual Harassment; Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Church Responsibility for Minor's Injuries during Church Activities Member access only

Personal Injuries on Church Property or During Church Activities

Church’s Director of Music Was a “Minister” for Purposes of the Ministerial Exception Member access only

Employment Practices

City Limits Number of Students at Church-Run School Member access only

Schools; Zoning

Clergy Member access only

Contracts

Clergy - Part 3 Member access only

Clergy - Part 5 Member access only

Contracts

Counselors and the Clergy-Penitent Privilege Member access only

Confidential and Privileged Communications; Counseling

Court affirmed Youth Pastor’s 40-year Sentence for predatory sexual assault Member access only

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Lay Employees, and Volunteers

Court Rules Former Employee of Church School Ineligible for Unemployment Benefits Member access only

Dealing with Disruptive Individuals During Church Member access only

Church Members

Defamation of Ministers by Denominational Officials Member access only

Defamation